Ashwina maasa (Ashwina month) is 7th month in Kannada Panchangam of Karnataka. In 2016, Ashwina maasa starts on October 1 and ends on October 30 as per Kannada calendar.
Sharada Navaratri, Dasara, Ashwina Purnima, and Deepavali are the important festivals in Ashwina masa in Kannada calendar.
Kannada Ashwina maasa starts with Sharada Navarathri Kalasha Sthapane and ends with Deepavali Amavase. Durga Navaratri is the biggest festival celebrated for 10 days in Karnataka. It is the spectacular event to visit Shakti Peetha temples in Karnataka – Sringeri Sharada Temple, Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple, Kateel Sri Durga Parameshwari temple, Hornadu Annapurna Temple, Kollur Mookambika Temple, Sirsi Marikamba Temple, Mangalore Mangala Devi Temple, etc.
Mysore Dasara is the most popular Navratri event in India. It is a ten-day celebration which concludes on Dasara day. On Vijaya Dashami, Vidyarambha ritual is celebrated with utmost gusto in Kollur Mookambika Temple.
Shukla Paksha in Ashwina maasa 2016 begins on October 1 and ends on 16 October.
Krishna Paksha in Ashwina maasa 2016 begins on October 17 and ends on October 30.
Important Hindu Festivals in Kannada Ashwina month 2016
Saturday, 1 October 2016 – Navratri Begins (Ghatasthapana)
Friday, 7 October 2016 – Saraswati Avahan (Saraswati Puja begins)
Sunday, 9 October 2016 – Saraswati Puja
Sunday, 9 October 2016 – Durga Ashtami
Monday, 10 October 2016 – Maha Navami
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 – Dussehra (Dasara, Vijaya Dashami)
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 – Papankusha Ekadashi
Saturday, 15 October 2016 – Kojagara Puja (Kojagari Lakshmi Vrat)
Sunday, 16 October 2016 – Sharad Purnima
30 October 2016 – Diwali